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  1. A Complex Story
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    A Complex Story

    My father’s prefabricated housing project, Habitat ’67, broke ground in April of 1965. The building, which grew out of his bachelor’s thesis, came to be regarded as one of the...

    written by: Oren Safdie
    03.23.10

  2. All Roads Lead to Home
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    All Roads Lead to Home

    Davy Rothbart is the editor of Found magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. His...

    written by: Davy Rothbart
    03.27.10

  3. Bigger is Better
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    Bigger is Better

    Welcome to the era of the megacity. The world has more big cities than at any time in history, and those cities are larger than they have ever been. There are now more than 30 urban centers with...

    written by: Mark Lamster
    07.26.10

  4. Cultivating Appreciation
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    Cultivating Appreciation

    Sixty years ago it was Mies, Alvar, and Lou. Today it’s Zaha, Rem, and Renzo.

    written by: Charles Birnbaum
    03.25.10

  5. Girl Talk
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    Girl Talk

    The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap?

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    06.27.12

  6. Home Smart Home
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    Home Smart Home

    Energy-monitoring and smart technologies have set up shop in the home, transforming machines for living into veritable living things—with all the bells, whistles, frills, and failures.

    written by: Alessandra Bianchi
    07.04.10

  7. Home Sweat Home
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    Home Sweat Home

    The land we purchased—a little less than 40 acres in the Floyd County foothills of southwestern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains—is the hilly, unfarmable center of several large...

    written by: Cy Merkezas
    03.29.10

  8. Homeland Ingenuity
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    Homeland Ingenuity

    How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant...

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    09.11.12

  9. Learnings from Nantucket
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    Learnings from Nantucket

    I am looking at my favorite photograph of my summer house in Nantucket. It is not a particularly pretty picture. It was taken on a cloudy and gray day. You cannot see the beach, or the moors, or...

    written by: Anne Trubek
    photos by: Anne Trubek
    03.31.10

  10. Neutra Territory
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    Neutra Territory

    Richard Neutra's son Raymond examines the internal architecture of his legendary father through a 1958 Berkeley psychological study.

    02.09.10

  11. Sound Design
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    Sound Design

    Years ago, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas won a design competition for an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by suggesting the entire museum be torn down and replaced. There...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    03.24.10

  12. Stuck Inside of Somerville
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    Stuck Inside of Somerville

    In the late winter of 2003, I watched out my window as a fuel truck idled below, belching black smoke. A hose, snaking through the frozen grass, stretched from the back of the truck to the side of...

    written by: Pagan Kennedy
    04.08.10

  13. Sunday Styles
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    Sunday Styles

    The cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues of the Old World still occupy the most hallowed ground of ecclesiastical architecture, but a rather unorthodox American sect can lay claim to the best in...

    written by: Drew Himmelstein
    11.04.09

  14. Surrogate Cities
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    Surrogate Cities

    So this is what city life boils down to: flat roofs, right angles, and steel-mesh awnings for industrial spice.  

    written by: John King
    04.01.10

  15. The Design Week Movement
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    The Design Week Movement

    If a movement can be defined as a moment when people across time zones and borders act simultaneously on the same idea, then the design week movement is verifiable. In the last three years, design...

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    10.13.12

  16. The Future of Office Design
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    The Future of Office Design

    What’s the future of office design? We investigate how start-up culture is influencing everything from corporate campuses to contract furniture. See more about Office Environment.

    05.24.14

  17. The Good Earth
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    The Good Earth

    As the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan, is transformed into a maze of blast walls, military checkpoints, and foreign bases, how might security architecture be changed to foster psychological...

    written by: Charles Montgomery
    03.11.10

  18. The Prefab Decade
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    The Prefab Decade

    Founding Dwell editor-in-chief Karrie Jacobs visited MoMA's Home Delivery exhibition and finds that prefab might not change our homes, but it could change our architects.

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    03.09.10

  19. The World of Sound
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    The World of Sound

    You could call it the next frontier of architecture and design, but you have to close your eyes to “see” it. The ear inhabits a space, and captures a place, more acutely than the eye.

    11.03.12

  20. Time Capsule
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    Time Capsule

    The impending demolition of Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower strikes a nostalgic nerve in writer Tom Vanderbilt, who travels to Tokyo for a look at a future that never was.

    written by: Tom Vanderbilt
    03.11.10

  21. Underdone
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    Underdone

    At least 19 unfinished renovation projects currently reside within the crotchety old puzzle box of a house that I share with my wife, Keri. Together, the 21 of us live in a spirit of communal...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    03.20.10

  22. Western Promises
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    Western Promises

    William McDonough + Partners’ design for a small village in northeastern China was meant to stand as a model for sustainable development. Instead, it proves that the pursuit of better design...

    written by: Timothy Lesle
    03.16.10

  23. When We Talk About Good Design
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    When We Talk About Good Design

    Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.05.10

  24. You Are Where You Live
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    You Are Where You Live

    The ads in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times are a barometer of perceived need: what we think about when we are at our hungriest, our most grasping, our most insecure. Like the...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    02.27.11

  25. Your House, Your Sandwich
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    Your House, Your Sandwich

    An Architectural Drama in Five Parts

    written by: Dan Maginn
    05.03.10

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